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Iowa City Bicycle Taxi Rickshaw Pedicabs

man standing beside a cycle rickshaw waiting during nighttime
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UPDATE: 30 Aug 2023

This document has been updated to include changes over the past 14 years since the original posting date.

Here are some articles about recent developments in pedicab service for Iowa City:

  • “Pedal Power, an Iowa City and Cedar Rapids pedicab business, is back for the spring season with a new goal — lowering costs with innovative advertising ideas. Pedal Power, which began four years ago as an advertising company, started its pedicab services in Cedar Rapids in April 2021 and July 2021 in Iowa City. Founder of Pedal Power Ben Snyder said the company’s philosophy in Iowa City is to save people money while getting them to their destination in a timely manner.” [Source: Daily Iowan, 5 Apr 2022]
  • “The city of Iowa City has had a pedicab ordinance in place for about a decade.” [Source: The Gazette, 12 Feb 2013]

Benefits — Bicycle delivery services and pedicabs provide non-polluting, small, safe, quiet, inexpensive, healthy, fun, and fueled by water and renewable organic foods.

June 2009

Below are the contact details for Iowa City EcoCabs as of June 2009:

  • Vik & Veena Patel
  • Web: www.ICEcoCabs.com
  • Tel: 319-621-2877
  • Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 9:00 PM to 3:00 AM

Vik and Veena Patel are a brother and sister who operate Iowa City’s first Bicycle Rickshaw Pedicab taxi cab company. With service to the downtown Iowa City area from Thursday to Saturday, 9:00 PM to 3:00 AM, Vik and Veena provide transportation when it’s in greatest demand. More photos are in our online Picasaweb photo gallery.

Popularity. Most modern and progressive cities and metropolitan urban centers have embraced bicycle rickshaw pedicabs. Santa Rosa, California is home to Rickshaw Rudy’s. In New York City, the Manhattan Rickshaw Company provides fun and ecofriendly transportation to residents and tourists. In Oregon, the CascadiaCabs.com company provides pedicabs and other pedal power vehicles.


By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson is a freelance writer and tech consultant in Iowa City. He is also the founder and Director of the ResourcesForLife.com website. Learn more at AboutGregJohnson.com